Elliot Parish can’t wait to get going with Stanley – and is particularly looking forward to meeting one familiar face around the Wham Stadium.

The goalkeeper has signed a 12 month contract with an option of a further 12 months after leaving Colchester United.

He’ll soon link up with his new team mates at the Wham Stadium for pre-season training.

And the 26-year-old hopes to bump into celebrity supporter David Lloyd.

“I’m a huge cricket fan and I know Bumble is a big fan of the club so that’s something I’m quite proud to be associated with,” said Parish. “He’s such a big character and maybe I’ll get to meet him. Maybe he can bowl at me and I can have a couple of penalties at him!

“Now I’ve signed I’m just itching to get back. Pre-season can be gruelling but I just want to meet Aaron (Chapman), meet the lads and get going.

“I think only once in my career have I not got on so great with the other goalkeeper. Wherever you go it helps you both if you get on and work together and I’m sure that will be the case with Aaron.”

Parish and Chapman will battle it out for the number one shirt ahead of the new season, with the former looking to continue a run of regular games that began with his previous club.

“I hope the Colchester fans saw the improvement in me just from getting consistent game time (last season),” he explained. “In myself I feel so much more confident and I think I can really kick on this year. I hope I can get the game time to do that.

“I’ve been at a few clubs with some good players in my position. At Bristol City for example I was with Frank Fielding whis is a big name in League One and the Championship and I managed to oust him and get some games. I was with Joe Lewis, who has just signed for Aberdeen, at Blackpool and managed to get a spot there too.

“It’s always been bits and pieces rather than cementing a shirt and really battling to keep it. That’s what I plan to do this year. Hopefully I can have a great battle with Aaron.

“I think we know that Accrington isn’t going to be one of the higher budgets in the league but football isn’t about that. I see this as an opportunity to get back to League One. They have a winning mentality and the people coming in, myself included, have to be right on it from the first day of pre-season training. We have to get into the club and make this season even more successful.”